Robert Cheeke

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Robert Cheeke
Robert-Cheeke vegan body building natural competition 2009.jpg
Robert Cheeke in competition (2009).
Personal info
Height6 ft 0 in / 182.88 cm
WeightContest: 180-185 lb (81.5-84 kg) Off season: 200 lb (91 kg)
Professional career
Best win
  • INBA Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Overall Novice Championship
  • 2005

Robert Cheeke is an American bodybuilder, motivational speaker, and author. He is a vegan activist and spends his time touring the United States for speaking engagements and book promotions. He also runs a fitness site, Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, and serves as an endorser for Sequel Naturals[1] as well as their National Event Coordinator for the United States.

Cheeke is the co-founder of C-VEG, a Corvallis-based Vegan group, a former Board Member for non-profit groups OrganicAthlete and Northwest VEG in Portland, and the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness.[2]


Early life[edit]

Cheeke grew up on a farm, and cites his positive childhood experiences interacting with the farm's animals as the source of compassion that would later lead him to embrace veganism.[3] At age 15, Cheeke made the transition to veganism and began organizing animal rights events at Corvallis High School including the initiation of recycling programs and providing vegan meals to those in need with Food Not Bombs.[2]


Cheeke began his athletic career as a cross country runner for Oregon State University in 1999 but soon developed an interest in weight lifting and strength training. He became a competitive bodybuilder the following year in 2000. Five years later, in 2005 Cheeke won the title of INBA Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Overall Novice Champion.[citation needed] In the following years he competed in the Natural Bodybuilding World Championships in 2006, and the Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Championships in 2009 (where he took first place in his class).[citation needed]

In 2006 he released Vegan Fitness: Built Naturally, a documentary about himself and two other vegan athletes, Brendan Brazier and Tonya Kay.[citation needed] He was voted one of VegNews magazine's "15 most influential vegan athletes".[4] Cheeke has appeared in radio interviews.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Cheeke endorses Vega Foods supplements and has been featured in news articles including a feature in the Willamette Week[6] and magazines like Organic Lifestyle Magazine.[7]

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

  • 2005 INBA Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Overall Novice Championship[citation needed]

Competitive placings[edit]

  • 2006 Natural Bodybuilding World Championships[citation needed]
  • 2009 Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Championships - 1st in class[citation needed]


  • Robert Cheeke – Vegan Fitness: Built Naturally (2006)
  • Robert Cheeke - Vegan Brothers in Iron (2010)


  • The Plant-Based Athlete: A Game-Changing Approach to Peak Performance (2021) with Matt Frazier. Premiered at #4 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
  • Plant-Based Muscle (2017)
  • Shred it (2014)
  • Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness – The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant Based Diet (2010)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vega Ambassador | My Vega". Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  2. ^ a b "Robert Cheeke Bio". Archived from the original on 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  3. ^ About the Author Archived September 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "List Of Vegan Athletes". Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  5. ^ "Show #60 - Vegan Bodybuilder Robert Cheeke". Vegan Radio. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  6. ^ "Lean, Mean Meat-Free Machine". 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2012-03-20.

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